Dawn Marie Gardner
(1952 - 2018)

Dawn Marie Gardner

Illinois, United States of America
February 20, 1952

Colorado, United States of America
July 29, 2018

Family & friends, gardening, cooking, traveling.
Guest Book
Well Dawn its Xmas Day and I miss you more than ever. This was a special time of year for us, but I know you're watching over me today and always. I spoke to our granddaughter today and she had a lovely Xmas. Looking forward to a visit from Becca, Olivia and Chris.Hope you had a delightful Xmas with your Father and your new friends in heaven. I sure miss your beautiful Xmas tree and decorations along with those unbelievable cookies. Rest in Peace darling and we will get married again in heaven. Love ya always Sweet P.
Randy Johnson (Husband)
December 25th, 2018
My condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one. May pleasant memories of Dawn bring comfort during your time of sorrow and remembrance, along with God's promise in the Bible at John 5:21, 28 and 29.

Jehovah is the God of Comfort who can and will heal your broken heart. For His Son, Jesus, said: "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life." (John 11:25)
Cassandra Henderson
December 22nd, 2018
Dawn, I just returned from Santa Fe and it just didn’t seem the same without you. We had so many good times in that town that I will cherish the memories forever.
I’ve been going through so many emotions lately ie. shock,guilt,anger that I feel dazed and confused. I pray everyday that you are meeting new friends in heaven and getting reacquainted with old ones and family. I feel like I’m half a person now and miss you so much. Many have commented on how “strong” I’ve been. Little do they know what’s going on inside of me. Grief denied is grief unhealed and I will grieve forever. Miss you and love you darling. You are my angel.
randy Johnson (Husband)
November 12th, 2018
I thought of you with love today but that is nothing new
I thought about you yesterday and days before that too,
I think of you in silence I often speak your name
All i have is memories and your picture in a frame
Your memory is my keepsake with which I''ll never part
God has you in his keeping I have you in my heart.
Author unknown
Randy Johnson (Husband)
September 6th, 2018
I just wanted to give my condolences and a comforting scripture. John 5:28 reads- 'Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.' This speaks of a resurrection of our dead loved ones. You and the family will be in my prayers. For even more comforting information, please visit jw.org
Alisha Washington
September 2nd, 2018
Dawn, you would have been so proud of the celebration of life for you. So many family and friends turned out for the beautiful day. We know you were watching over us for this special day. You were loved by your coworkers, family and all your friends. You will be missed by all but never forgotten in our hearts. God speed and may you Rest In Peace. Keep working in the garden as I know it’s beautiful. Love you sweetie, you’ll be with me forever.
Randy Johnson (Husband)
August 26th, 2018
I met Dawn when I was 13 and became friends with her daughter Becca. Throughout high school and even past that she was like another mom to me. I have so many fond memories of her. She used to take Becca and I on business trips with her sometimes and always made it a good time. I had my first bowl of green chili with Dawn, my first sushi (she prepared it herself), went to my first hot springs and was introduced to many new words such as "macrobiotic" and "ashram":) Dawn wasn't like a lot of other moms back then. She was such a free spirit. The kind of mom who would jam some Led Zepplin in the car, and who didn't mind us burning incense in the bedroom, even though she probably knew it was to cover up the smell of something else. Not to say she let us get away with anything. She spoke plainly to us when we were being idiots and had so much great practical advice on living. But she was always so calm and never over reacted to our weirdness as teenagers. I always loved Dawn's independence, her intelligence, her zest for life and how fiercely she loved her family and friends. Even as an adult she kept up with me, coming to weddings and baby showers, making blankets for my little ones. She positively impacted so many and I know the world will miss her.
Kate Tiger (Friend)
August 25th, 2018
Dawn was an amazing force in life. Her passion, tenacity, and drive paired with her infectious smile will be what I remember as I celebrate her life. I will miss her.
Chris Carman (Colleague and friend)
August 20th, 2018
My condolences to the family. Rely on God's promises in this time.-Revelations 21:3,4
C Willis (Fellow griever)
August 19th, 2018
Thoughts and prayers to Dawn’s family.
Sally Wadsworth (A/D Works! colleague )
August 16th, 2018
Dawn was my cohort in workforce and, like me, a Chicago gal. We shared stories on growing up, family, and our many visits back home. It was that connection that brought us together at work and outside of work. Sometimes we had to laugh at the crazy stuff going on around us but family was the thing that brought it all back in perspective. I will miss those Friday HH meetings.
I will miss you immensely, my friend.
Liz Ojeda (Friend)
August 15th, 2018
“Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones
Shine down to let us know they are happy.” -Annonymous

To my Aunt Dawn who always gave the warmest & happiest embrace. One who loved to make others laugh. Someone who never let a joke go untold . You will forever be missed. I personally will always have a special place in my heart for Spearmint gum & the memory of you sending me packs in the mail as a baby :)

Love you,
Emily Petropoulos (Snyder) (Niece)
August 14th, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.

The greatness of a person is not in how much wealth she acquires, but in her integrity and her ability to affect those around her positively.

-Bob Marley
Sherman Swafford (Colleague)
August 13th, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with Randy and the whole family.
Steve Welchert
August 13th, 2018
So happy my sister Dawn had a wonderful life in Colorado. Finding your way can be so difficult yet she found the love of her life in Randy and her soul sister in Trish. Kindness in friends Matt and Murph who loved her dearly is really rare. Dawn had the ability to light up a room with her energy and light. That was our sister Dawn. She did her very best and that is enough. So lucky to have spent a lifetime with her. She really was so strong and brave. Rest in the arms of our father. I love you forever and always.
Merry Snyder (Sister)
August 13th, 2018
I worked with Dawn for over 10 years at ADWORKS. Her natural leadership led her into a supervisory role and became my supervisor. She helped to shape the business services that workforce centers in Colorado provide and provided fresh new ideas of what it could look like 20 years from now.

She helped me with personal issues, became my friend, and genuinely cared for all that she came into contact She NEVER backed down. I learned a lot from her and am privileged to call her my friend.

I miss you Dawn.


Nate Valtakis

August 12th, 2018
Three months ago, my dear sister Dawn was diagnosed with an aggressive pancreatic cancer. Today my family grieves the loss of our oldest sister --#1 in the pack of the four Galbavy Girls. Without brothers, Mom and Dad taught us all to be capable and independent. We were taught how to bait a fish hook, use our tools, change a tire, build a campfire (best without gasoline--uh hum), grow food and flowers, harvest and share, leave forests and beaches cleaner than we found them and to pay it forward. Dad always said it would be Dawn that would survive another depression. She could make something from nothing as she blazed her trail.

We loved each other fiercely, fought hard and played hard. The sisters love each other deeply and in the end we stood by Dawn and shared our deepest love and care. We were thankful for our individual time together and her love's steadfast dedication.

Today, we are sisters of three holding her memories within our hearts. We look for a visiting dragonfly, new bloom in the garden, a turning tomato or a jumping school of fish in the lake to remind us of our dear sister and the things she loved.

We love her deeply and she will always be with us. She left us her most cherished; our dear sweet Becca, Olivia, Chris and her loving RJ. They are gifts we wouldn't have without her.

Fly high and free lovely sister.

Love you forever,
Ann Tranter (Sister)
August 11th, 2018

A piece of our hearts was taken away prematurely two weeks ago when our dear sister was taken from us. As a family of four girls, no brothers, our poor father was outnumbered from the start. Although we were all supposed to be named Tommy, he loved his girls very much.
As sisters we loved each other fiercely and fought with each other with just as much ferociousness but were always there in the end when one of us needed help.

We marveled at the love story of a Dawn and a Randy. They were so lucky to have found each other and have had such a wonderful life with their amazing friends, family and co workers. Dawn fought so valiantly until she left us and was supported by Randy and her dear friends a Trish, Peg and Matt and Murph. We are so grateful to them.

We feel Dawn’s spirit shining brightly in those she leaves behind, Randy, Becca, Chris Olivia and of course our amazing mother Jean.

Gail Mccarthy (Sister)
August 11th, 2018
Dear Gardner family,

My heartfelt condolences are extended to you all for the loss of your dear loved one, Dawn. I hope that the following scripture will bring you comfort at this difficult time. Our loving heavenly Father promises that in the very near future, we will be reunited with our loved ones who have passed away. (John 5:28, 29)
Someone who cares
August 11th, 2018
On Sunday the 29th, a piece of my heart and soul followed Dawn to heaven. I was honored to spend Dawn's final moments with her and family as she passed peacefully at home. My friendship with Dawn spanned over 25 years. Dawn lived with us for a year. During that time, our friendship blossomed into a close connection of our hearts. Dawn was like a sister to me. Oh my.....soo many stories and memories which I hold close to my heart. All the adventures involved lots of laughter, wine and good food! Randy and Dawn's relationship was an enviable one. Their connection was obvious to all who spent time with them. I miss her deeply but feel blessed to have been a part of her life. May you look down and smile on us all Dawny. My love for you is never ending.
Trish Layton (Friend)
August 10th, 2018
Dawn was a bright light on a cloudy day. She and Randy brought sunshine and laughter wherever they went. Dawn lived with us for a year, and was a friend for a quarter of a century filled with warmth and love. Dawn & Randy were a great couple, always upbeat, who always gave more than they took. It all ended too soon, but the love goes on forever. We are sad, but better people for having known you.
Mike Rock (friend)
August 10th, 2018
I worked closely with Dawn for over a decade at Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Together with other esteemed colleagues, we built a team that was recognized throughout Colorado and the nation for its excellence. I’m so proud to have known and worked with this wonderful lady. She was truly an amazing person – always positive, always creative and never without a plan to move forward. Words cannot properly express the gratitude I have for all Dawn did. I can only give my highest possible praise:

The world is a better place because Dawn lived.

I am a better person because Dawn lived and I had the privilege of working with her.

She truly was one of my best friends of all time. May she rest in peace, plenty and joy, and may all of us rejoice in her memory. She was held in great esteem by so many people, and she is sorely missed.
Patrick Holwell (Colleague)
August 9th, 2018
What a terrible loss. Without Dawn, I don't ever meet my wife Fay, and my life , and the lives of so many others in my orbit would have moved in a different direction. Dawn touched the lives of so many people in a positive way. I count myself lucky to have known her, her family, and especially Randy. While the sadness of her passing is still raw and painful, memories of time spent with her will remain, and bring many smiles to those that were fortunate to have known her.

Gone too soon.
Philip Stanley (friend)
August 8th, 2018
Dawn you will be missed. I am glad I was able to dance with you last May.
Tina Weinhold
August 8th, 2018

Dawn was my George Bailey in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Thirty six years ago today Dawn introduced me to my husband Phil. My life would be totally different if Dawn had not insisted I go out with her that night to meet this guy. Just like George Bailey, dear Dawn touched so many people in a positive way. My heart aches, I will miss you my old friend you left us to soon.
Fay Stanley (Friend)
August 8th, 2018
Time will soften the sharp edges of the ache we have in hearts now, but the love in our hearts for Dawnie will never end.

I will miss our many, many family dinners we prepared together.
I will miss you and Randy walking through our front door with your basket full of ingredients for those dinners.
I will miss you dancing in the kitchen with the kids before and/or after those dinners.
I will miss you tuning your jazz station in on the Bose while we prepared those dinners.
I will miss you playing in the water with the kids... just like the kids... in our backyard
I will miss gardening together and how you talked me into the raised veggie gardens.
I will miss us laughing at the alter egos of Randy (Roger and Marc (Mitchell).

You started traditions in our family - The poppers on our plates for Christmas Eve Dinner (you even got Elmer to wear his paper crown through the meal). The chocolate advent calendars for the girls. We will continue those traditions and always remember you.

We will still try to get those bucket list trips in to Savannah, Charleston and Vancouver because that was the plan, YOUR plan! Our trips!! Boy did we have great trips together....New Orleans, Alabama, Nashville, Santa Fe.

Whenever we sit on the chiminea patio I will always think of you, because it was our brainchild together.

I will forever treasure talking to you in your last days here and telling you how much Jesus loved you. When I told you He was standing at the door to your heart knocking and asking to come in, you smiled at me and said "thanks, Peg". This separation is only temporary, Dawnie. We will be together again. Love you forever!
Peg Johnson (sis-in-law)
August 7th, 2018
Dawn was the strongest and most independent woman I’ve ever met and she bossed me around from the moment I met her. My heart breaks for you Randy but we all surround you with love and strength. Im so grateful that Olivia has inherited so many traits from Dawn and it shows more and more everyday. Watching Mom and Rebecca interact together is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen and I’ll miss that the most. There’s a hole in our hearts and a hole in the universe that may never be filled. But deep down I know Dawn would tell us to move forward and follow our hearts toward better days. Love you mom 💖
Christopher Rejano (Son)
August 7th, 2018
I am going to miss you Dawn. You were always looking for an adventure, you enjoyed life and took on every bump you ran into with grace. You were so much fun. We gardened together, bagged green chilies together, shopped together, cooked a huge amount of dinners together and most important just hung out with each other. I will miss those Thanksgivings, Christmases, New Years, and Easter eggs!

You are my dear friend and it is unfair and so tragic how quickly you had to leave this Earth. You were unique, brave, creative and proud. The friends Matt and I know because of you are part of our lives now. I am lucky to have experienced the times we spent together. I enjoyed those special times and learned so much from our shared friendship.

You are in my heart forever.

Love you very much,

Your dear friend murph
Patricia Murphy (Close Friend)
August 6th, 2018
Dawn, my sister, and I worked in a beef stand during the late sixties. they were good times and working together was great fun. Dawn had a great way about herself that just made you like her.
She was the only person that called me a dork for over fifty years and I didn't mind at all. She was just Dawn.

Ill miss her.
donald bellezza (friend)
August 6th, 2018
It was wonderful to know Dawn. When we were around her, she always had a smile and a laugh. I remember when I needed a really good turkey roasting recipe for the holidays. Dawn emailed me her recipe. Using it brought lots of compliments and I am still using it. Every time I look at that recipe I will think of Dawn, her smile and laugh. So sorry to lose her.
Bill and Kari Smith (Friend)
August 6th, 2018
This news hurt my heart. I am so sorry for your loss Randy. I had the pleasure of working with Dawn years ago on the WIRED Initiative and then again through A/D Works. She was an absolute light in my life and I am so better for having known her. I will always relish the time we spend together and all the laughter. She will be missed so very much.
Greg McBoat (co-worker)
August 6th, 2018
Sweet Randy, Our Dawnie has a special place in all of our hearts and memories.
Our trips to New Mexico give me such fun memories of her. Always wanting to go and explore, she showed me so many things and places I would never have seen without her. We will miss her every day. Love to you and the family.
Robin Bost (Friend )
August 6th, 2018
Sending all my love to Becca, Olivia and Randy during this difficult time. I will always remember Dawn as being a "Hippie Mom" like my own. Becca and I bonded over our similar childhoods with our Hippie mom's. We were so lucky to be raised by free spirits! Dawn was an amazing person. Her memory will be cherished by all who knew her.
Morgan Charboneau (friend)
August 5th, 2018
Dawn was such a gem! Murph and I loved her so much. We met Dawn over 30 years ago, and we were so lucky to share her life with Becca and Randy and all of their family and friends. We will miss her so much every day but I know that her beautiful spirit will go on forever through all of the people she touched and helped and inspired. Thank you Dawn for sharing your life with us. You made our lives so much richer. Love, Matt
Matt Holman (Friend )
August 5th, 2018
Many good times with Dawn & Randy - Dawn was always very special and will be missed. One of the very good ones - love you Dawn
Dennis O’Connor (Long time friend)
August 4th, 2018
Dawn was loved by everyone. She impacted so many lives and so many people miss her dearly. I have received so many emails about how impactful and loved she was. She was such a beautiful soul and everything about her embraced love, friendship, companionship, happiness and grace and because of that she is irreplaceable in peoples lives.

I have so many wonderful memories of Dawn beyond the working relationship her and I formed. I miss our long conversations about baseball and family. She was so proud of her daughter and never stopped talking about her granddaughter. Most of all she spoke so much of you Randy and her love for you and couldn’t wait for some time with you at the beach. She enjoyed everytime you all went to the beach. When we would talk about those memories she would glow of pure love and happiness.
I loved her dearly and miss her sooo much as I know you do. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Kelly Folks (Friend)
August 4th, 2018
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Randy Johnson
August 3rd, 2018
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"Happy Birthday Sweet P. Love you and miss you, and you'll always be in my heart. Rest in peace my darling."
Randy Johnson
February 20th, 2019
"Our lives are not the same without you, Dawnie. We miss you dearly. We cherish the memories of the precious time we had with you. We love you, sweet Dawn. Kirk, Kerry, Carley & Cami"
Kerry Moyer
August 25th, 2018
"Happy Anniversary honey. I wish you were here to share it with me but actually I think you are. I love you more than ever and will meet you in heaven."
Randy Johnson
August 22nd, 2018
"Dawn, you always told it like it was, a straight Shooter with Southpark sarcasm. I enjoyed your sense of humor and the way your face Lit up when you shared your gardening secrets and successes. I will miss you."
Karen Hoopes
August 16th, 2018
"Dawn, you brought style, class, and a smile that could light up a room. You are greatly missed."
Ron Perea
August 14th, 2018
"When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. I will always love you Dawn."
randy johnson
August 9th, 2018
"It's faith that lifts us up,love that brings comfort, and strength that allows us to move on. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Why do the good die young?"
Randy Johnson
August 9th, 2018
"What a wonderful woman! You will be always remembered.Love the Boise Tieman Clan"
Toby Tieman
August 7th, 2018
"Dawn, Dennis and I have so many wonderful memories of our adventures with you and Randy over the years. We have treasured your friendship and will miss you dearly. Dennis and Carolyn O’Connor August 7th, 2018"
Carolyn O’Connor
August 7th, 2018
"Mom, I miss your voice, I miss your smile, I miss your advice. I am so lucky to have had you as my mother. I love you forever and always."
Rebecca Gardner
August 5th, 2018


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